Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cold War Design

"Concentrating on the period from 1945 to 1970, this exciting exhibition at London's V&A examines how the battle between communism and capitalism shaped modern design on both sides of the Iron Curtain."

Hope and Optimism at the V&A in London

"The post-war era was characterised by great tension and anxiety, but it was also a time filled with hope and optimism. A wealth of iconic designs, from architecture and furniture, to fashion and transport came out of the period."
(visit exhibit, it is interactive...not just one image) This exhibit is interesting based on current politics. Why are do we react? Why does it take a catastrophic event for things in a society to turn around. Is it an inevitable cycle of progress...?

"Design 1945 - 1970"

"This period from the end of the Second World War to the mid 1970s was a period of great political tension and exceptional creativity which touched all aspects of life, from everyday products to the highest arenas of human achievement in science and culture. Art and design were not peripheral symptoms of politics during the Cold War: they played a central role in representing and sometimes challenging the dominant political and social ideas of the age." -VISIT the site for more.

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